word "planet" means wanderer. Ancient man realized that certain
planets appeared to wander around the night sky in a way that through
study corresponded to physical occurrences on earth. This was in relationship
to the canopy of fixed stars, which did not move. The fixed stars of
course do move, being so far away from us and outside of our solar system
their movement appears infinitesimal. Over time man realized that not
only did the planets movements correspond to physical phenomenon on
earth, but also to individual experience. This is the true manifestation
of "as above, so below".
The planets are not ‘doing’ anything to us, they reflect
unfolding and cycles in the physical, spiritual and emotional experience
of the individual. No one would deny that the ocean tides are in perfect
sync with the phases of the Moon. It is a scientific fact. Under close
study one discovers that all of life is mirrored in the heavens. Nature
has provided us with an exquisite map. One that can enable us to be
more closely aligned with our true nature and the path we are on. The
planets are symbols of energy forces working within us. They are like
the actors in our own personal play.
The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are termed
the "Personal" planets. These planets were used in Traditional
Astrology because they are visible to the naked eye and were the only
ones seen before the discovery of the telescope. Planets move at vastly
different rates: the Moon orbiting the earth in 28 days as opposed to
Saturn taking 29 years to cover the same distance. Considering the vastness
of our Solar system, they are all relatively close to earth and fast
moving. Hence, their effects have been discovered to operate on a personal
level. There is a relationship between how fast they move and how personally
they are experienced.
The closer to earth, the more individual the experience connected with
a planet in the horoscope. "Personal", means they speak of
an individual’s personality, approach, preferences, style and
attitudes in the sphere that the planet governs. You can read more about
the Sun and the Moon by going to the "Luminaries" page. Uranus,
Neptune, and Pluto are termed the "Transpersonal" planets.
These planets are not visible to the naked eye, and have only become
known to us through the advent of technology. Because they are so distant
from the Sun and Earth, their movement is very slow in relation to us.
Therefore their effects are felt en masse, and tend to be very intense
and significant on more of a collective level. They mark particular
generational trends and attitudes that affect groups of people born
at a particular time. These can be traced quite powerfully to what we
describe as "generation gaps".